A little boy with a musical talent has gone from one musical instrument to another.
The boy from West Sussex, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was a regular performer in his local dance band when he was just three.
“I played my first band at three years old,” he told ABC Radio.
“It was just a little kids band, it was a little thing, just a bit of fun.”
Then at five or six I was able to take my first musical instrument and play my first song at the same time, which is the bass.
“The bass, it had a little piece of wood, a little peg, and it was my first guitar.”
Mr Mearns says he would play a few tunes a week until he started playing piano and drum, and eventually the instrument took on a life of its own.
“One day I got my first piano and it took off like a rocket,” he said.
“So then I had a piano and I played my own songs on it and it became a bit like a piano.”
After his father found him a piano, Mr Mearn went on to become an accomplished musician, and the boy’s parents say he was a joy to be around.
“We’d be walking home from school and I’d go, ‘Mum, can I borrow your piano?’ and she’d say, ‘Well, don’t let it get away from you’,” his father, Robert, told the ABC.
“She’d be like, ‘Oh, it’s yours, it is yours, come on home, it’ll be back with you’.”‘
It just makes me happy’Mr Mears is currently an apprentice electrician, and his parents say their son’s musical talent was his life’s work.
“His father always encouraged him to be the best musician he could be,” Mr Mears said.
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